St. John's

28 July 2012

From the Collection of William Ruger Jr.

Previous Next

Lot 136

1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe Phaeton

  • Chassis no. 18-3614546
  • Body no. 78 750 717

Sold for $46,750

85 bhp, 221 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle and ¾-floating rear axle with transverse semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and four-wheel mechanical internal-expanding drum brakes. Wheelbase: 112"

• 2000 Dearborn Award winner

• Ex-Jack Hogan

• Offered from the collection of William Ruger Jr.

Chassis 18-3614546 was acquired by Jack Hogan circa 2000 from Matthews Motors in Portland, Oregon; a body-off restoration ensued and no stone was left unturned. As a result of his efforts, this early Ford is finished in Washington Blue with a yellow pinstripe and has brown interior, a tan cloth top, and matching side curtains. It is fully equipped with a banjo steering wheel, fog lights, wind wings, dual outside rearview mirrors, dual taillights, front and rear bumper guards, a rare locking hood latch, a dash clock, and floor mats.

The wheels are very unusual for the late-1930s, as they are chromed short-spoke artillery wheels with script hubcaps and beauty rings. The finished wheel ensembles are shod in correct reproduction Firestone script whitewall tires. Every surface on this car is finished as it was dictated by Henry over seven decades ago. The trunk is even correctly finished, and the underside is of the same caliber. The engine bay is exceptionally correct and clean down to the correct Ford script battery and shows only the slightest sign of use, as does the front seat upholstery.

The correctness and quality of the restoration was recognized by the judges at the Early Ford V-8 Club Meet in Dearborn, where it won a Dearborn Award, and also by the AACA judges, where it was awarded a First Senior National Award. This example has been very well looked after and has covered a scant 1,221 miles since restoration. Ford would only offer the elegant phaeton body style through 1938, making this one of the most elegant prewar open Fords and a superlative must-have for any early Ford V-8 collection.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more